"Cats end drought against Ricebirds" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson (2) eludes two El Campo as he looks downfield for receivers. Davidson had 212 yards passing and 181 yards rushing against the Ricebirds.

   The Bay City Blackcats will get a week off to savor their win over El Campo – after 12 seasons on the losing end of this historic Texas football rivalry – and begin preparing for the playoffs.
   “It was a big night - more so for the kids,” Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said about the 31-24 victory over the Ricebirds last Friday, Nov. 2.
   “Those young men have battled all year. They have had their up and downs with things not going their way, but they come back every game.”
   The Bay City-El Campo game is Texas football’s longest consecutive game rival. The two teams have played 115 total games – 99 of them consecutively.
   To Matthews, the big takeaway from the game was that it was “the first time kids played four quarters. We actually put two halves together.”
   It also was the first road win this season, he pointed out.


"Van Vleck plays Danbury; plans Sonora playoff" by: Mike Reddell

Van Vleck running back De’metri Monroe (4) goes airborne over Bloomington defenders last Friday.
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   With a guaranteed playoff berth and a No. 9 state ranking, Van Vleck will turn its attention to Danbury for a home finale of regular season District 14-3A-2 play.
   The Leps (8-1, 4-1) will play the Panthers (3-5, 1-4) with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, Nov. 9, at the new Burl McKinney Stadium.
   Van Vleck had 685 total yards of offense in last week’s game against Bloomington (1-8, 0-5). That total includes 473 yards on the grounds and 212 yards in the air en route to demolishing the Bobcats 61-0 there Friday night, Nov. 2.
   Senior Leopard quarterback Cameran Hudson was 11-14 for 168 yards with a touchdown, while junior Joshua Delarosa was 3-3 for 44 yards.

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"Tidehaven looks to continue season turnaround Friday" by: Mike Reddell

Tidehaven will finish out its regular season against Bloomington this Friday and a win would cap an impressive comeback for the Tigers this season.
   Tidehaven (3-6, 3-2) is third in District 14-3A-2 – behind East Bernard and Van Vleck – and will look forward to playoff action.
   Tidehaven is coming off a decisive 34-7 win over Ganado last week, while Bloomington was smothered by 61-0 by Van Vleck.
   Offensively, Tiger Cade Galvan rushed for 182 yards on 19 carries, and played most of the game at defensive tackle/end, said Head Coach David Lucio.  
   Blake Garcia was 6 of 8 for 142 yards passing with one TD pass.  
   Lucio noted that Alex Hernandez, in his second game since coming back from a broken arm suffered before the season, had a TD reception and an interception.  

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Button likes what he sees in Lamar ISD swim meet

   Bay City High School’s boys and girls swim and dive teams recently attended the Lamar Consolidated ISD swim invitational in Rosenberg.
   Out of 19 total teams, the girls team placed seventh overall with 119 points.
   The boys team placed 13 out of 17 total teams with a score of 31 points.
   “I was very pleased with the way our kids got out there and raced hard,” said BCHS Swim Coach Bob Button.
   “We’re asking a lot from our freshmen and sophomores, as they’re being thrown into varsity competition with very little experience. They’re a coachable group and they’re learning quickly.”
   The dive teams travel to Manvel Thursday, Nov. 8, and the regular swim teams aren’t scheduled until Saturday, Dec. 1.
   “We got a good look at some good competition,” said BCHS Diving Coach Clare Button.
   “Our divers know what to expect if they’re going to stay competitive.”


Tigers’ fortunes improve with win over Shorthorns

   Tidehaven had three players with triple-digit rushing yardage in running rough shod 44-9 over the Schulenberg Shorthorns last Friday.
   The Tigers will hope to keep the momentum going as they face Ganado at Indian Stadium this Friday.
   After a rocky start to their season, the Tigers are in a position for a possible playoff berth.
   They’re now tied with Ganado for third place behind first-place East Bernard and Van Vleck in second place in District 14-3A-2.
   Tidehaven and Ganado both have 2-2 district records going into Friday’s contest. 
   Overall, Tidehaven is 2-6 and the Indins are 4-4.
   The 35-point margin over Schulenberg was impressive since the Shorthorns entered the game with a 6-2, 2-2 record.
   Against Schulenberg, Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia ran for a game and team-high 151 yards and two touchdowns.


"Ancient rivalry, playoffs on line between BC, EC Friday" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat defenders Johnathan Ruiz (7), Abel Mendoza (16) and Javien Times (53) converge on a Sealy running back.

   The Blackcats lost to Sealy 34-14 in what could be their last home football game at Memorial Stadium Friday, as plans move forward on a new BCHS stadium for next year.
   In Texas’ oldest continuous high school football rivalry of 115 games –including 99 consecutive contests - Bay City (1-3, 3-6) will finish its season at El Campo (1-3, 3-5) Friday.
   It’s been a disappointing run for both teams this year, as Bay City is fifth in District 13-4A-1, and the Ricebirds are sixth.
   “You’ve got two teams fighting to get into a playoff race, with both having pretty similar in seasons,” said Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews.
   Matthews believes that Bay City will secure fourth place in the district and the last playoff berth by beating El Campo.
   There’s a bit of complicated formula involved here, but to Matthews the bottom line is beating the Ricebirds.


"Leps overwhelm Ganado 70-0; take 2nd in district" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

   The Van Vleck Leopards scored on all but one of their offensive possessions, while also adding a defensive touchdown en route to a 70-0 drubbing of the Ganado Indians Friday night.
   With the win, Van Vleck takes over sole possession of second place in District 14-3A-2 with two games remaining.
   The Leopards started the scoring frenzy off quickly after forcing Ganado to punt on their opening series. 
   Van Vleck took the ball at the Ganado 43-yard line and moved down the field in a hurry. 
   The 5-play drive was capped off by a De’Mitri Monroe 10-yard touchdown run. 
   Trent Blaylock booted the extra point through and Van Vleck was up 7-0 with 8:57 left in the first.
   After another Ganado punt, the Van Vleck offense went back to work. 


"Blackcats come up short on stop by Brazosport" By Simon Desoto Special to the Sentinel

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Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson looks for yardage in a recent game against Fulshear. He’ll be challenged by district-leading Sealy Friday at Memorial Stadium.

   FREEPORT - On a night were the Bay City Blackcats won statistical category except the scoreboard, the Cats were stopped on a two-point attempt to win the game with just over one minute left. 
   The Blackcats fell to the Brazosport Exporters, 27-26 at Hopper Field in dreadful weather conditions - a big factor in the results. 
   Under weather conditions not seen this season by the Blackcats, heavy rain fell throughout most of the game, with two lightning delays.  
   Each delay lasts at least 45 minutes each, sending both teams to the locker rooms cooling down and then returning to the field to start playing again after short warm-ups.  
   The first quarter saw only one score, as the Brazosport Exporters got on the scoreboard first on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Brendan Brimage to receiver Christian Guevara after a short 25-yard drive.  


"Leopards jump into No. 9 in Texas Football rankings" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck earned a Top 10 ranking this week before its home game against Ganado Friday night. 
   Van Vleck (6-1, 2-1) is No. 9 in state 3A ball, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Texas High School Football State Rankings. 
   The Leopards are coming off a convincing 42-21 win over Schulenberg last week. 
   While Van Vleck is in second place in District 3A-2, the third-place team is Ganado (4-3, 2-1). 
   Ganado is coached by former Blackcat offensive coordinator Brent Bennett. 
   The Indians are coming off a tough loss to district leader East Bernard 48-23. 
   The Leps are led by senior running back De’metri Monroe, who has 1,194 yards rushing on 146 carries for a 170.6-yard average and 208 yards receiving. 
   Senior quarterback Cameran Hudson is 72 of 112 for 1,073 yards this season – a 153- yard average - with seven passing TDs and seven interceptions. 


"Third-place Blackcats travel to take on Brazosport Frida"y by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat junior running back RJ Mitchell stiff arms a Fulshear defender in last Friday’s homecoming game that Bay City won 49-42. Mitchell had 172 yards rushing.

   Bay City will take on the Brazosport Exporters in District 13-4A-1 action there Friday night.
   Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Hopper Field in Freeport.
   Bay City (3-4, 2-1) after its double-overtime victory over Fulshear is in third place in the district, following Sealy (6-0, 2-0) in first and Needville (2-1, 4-3) in second.
   While Bay City prevailed over Fulshear 49-42, the Exporters (2-4, 1-1) defeated host El Campo 34-28 last Friday.
   Bay City rolled up 325 in total yards, including 195 yards rushing.
   Bay City junior running back RJ Mitchell had quite a night against Fulshear with 172 yards on the ground on 21 carries for an 8.2-yard average.
   Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson was 13 of 28 for 154 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked twice.


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